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PATA elects new executive board. . .

Posted : 04 June 2018 02:19:44 | By TWO Bureau | New Delhi

PATA elects new executive board. . .

The Pacific Asia Travel Association (PATA) is pleased to announce the election of Dr. Chris Bottrill, Director, International and Dean of the Faculty of Fine and Applied Arts at Capilano University in North Vancouver, Canada as Chairman of the Association’s Executive Board. He replaces Ms. Sarah Mathews, Head of Destination Marketing APAC – TripAdvisor, Hong Kong SAR, who was elected Chairman in May 2017 and remains a member of the Executive Board as Immediate Past Chairperson.


“I am deeply honoured to be elected to the role of Chair of PATA and to work with a team of highly talented and accomplished Executive Board members from throughout the Asia Pacific region. We have just completed our annual summit in the beautiful town of Gangneung in the Republic of Korea, and were reminded by H.E. Mr. Ban Ki-moon, Dr. Taleb Rifai, and others just how important tourism can be for fostering peace and prosperity on our planet. We were also reminded of the responsibility we have to tread carefully on the environment, maintain cultural diversity, and embrace the rights of all individuals, which is not a simple task,” said Dr. Bottrill. “PATA is an organisation growing from strength to strength, and we are poised to play an ever-increasing role as a body representing governments, industry, and education in the fastest area of tourism growth on our planet. The task ahead for us is to embrace change, move fast, engage more, align strategically, and lead within the context of global sustainability goals. It is a privilege to play a small part as Chair in this important period of time for our industry and our association.”


As the immediate past Dean of the Faculty of Global and Community Studies at Capilano University, current Dean of Fine and Applied Arts, and Director, International, Dr. Bottrill oversees a wide and complex portfolio of university internationalisation, international projects and partnerships, tourism and hospitality, film, animation and design programming. He has taught a wide array of tourism topics including destination development, sustainability, marketing, and entrepreneurship at universities in Canada, New Zealand, the USA, and Austria.


Along with a PhD in tourism network and destination development from Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand, he has extensive applied industry experience having completed over 50 tourism management and development projects around the globe. These have included new product feasibility analysis, marketing strategies, resource assessments, and multiple stakeholder engagement processes. He has also presented on tourism-related topics ranging from Olympic preparedness to community tourism development at conferences and forums in China, Canada, Russia, Finland, New Zealand, Vietnam, Malaysia, India, and Cambodia.


Dr. Bottrill’s first experience with PATA was as a conference volunteer in Vancouver in 1995. He joined PATA in 2011 and has participated in a wide array of roles. He has served as the Chair of the Human Capital Development (HCD) Committee and Vice Chair of the Sustainability and Social Responsibility Committee since 2014, and he has also been a Trustee of the PATA Foundation for the past three years. During his tenure as committee Chair and Vice Chair, Dr. Bottrill initiated a revision of both committee terms of reference, rebuilt committee membership, and led the formation of action plans which have seen many initiatives begin and come to fruition. In his role as HCD Chair, he also facilitated highly successful Youth Symposiums in Phnom Penh, Chengdu, and Bangalore, Guam, Sri Lanka, and Macao.

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Pacific Asia Travel Association (PATA) elects new Executive Board

Posted : 28 May 2016 12:29:41 | By TWO Bureau | New Delhi

Pacific Asia Travel Association (PATA) elects new Executive Board

The Pacific Asia Travel Association (PATA) is pleased to announce the election of Andrew Jones, Guardian - Sanctuary Resorts, Hong Kong SAR, as Chairman of the Association’s Executive Board. He replaces Kevin B Murphy who was elected Chairman in April 2015 and who remains a member of the Executive Board as Immediate Past Chairman.


Andrews Jones said, “It is especially meaningful to me to be elected to the position of Chairman of PATA during this 65th anniversary Year of the Association. During this time, after a long career in hospitality, I also celebrate my 65th year on the planet. In leading and guiding PATA in the coming year, my focus will be on the continual and future enhancement of the Association. In taking on this role I commit to pro-actively working with the Executive Board, management team and our members to continue the good work of PATA. I want us to deliver on our promised advocacy themes, especially Human Capital Development, and to encourage membership development and involvement while supporting the responsible and sustainable growth, value and quality of travel and tourism to, from and within the Asia Pacific region and globally for the betterment of our communities and society.”


During the PATA Annual Summit 2016 in Guam, USA, PATA also elected a new Executive Board comprising


Sarah Mathews, Head of Destination Marketing Asia Pacific – TripAdvisor based in Hong Kong SAR;


Stephen Pearce, Vice President – Marketing at Tourism Vancouver; Hiran Cooray, Chairman - Jetwing Hotels Sri Lanka;


Mark Clarkson, Director - Business Development Asia Pacific, OAG Singapore;


Anthony Lau, Executive Director - Hong Kong Tourism Board;


Vikram Madhok, Managing Director - Abercrombie & Kent India, Ltd.;


Chris Bottrill, Dean at the Faculty of Global and Community Studies, School of Tourism Management - Capilano University Canada;


Maria Helena de Senna Fernandes, Director - Macao Government Tourism Office, Macao SAR;


Pilar Laguaña, Chairperson, PATA Micronesia Chapter, Guam; and


Ben Montgomery, Director of Business Relations Management, Centara Hotels & Resorts, Thailand.



Sarah Mathews said, “It is a great honour to have been elected as the new Vice Chairperson. For the past four years TripAdvisor has been working closely with PATA to help shape the Asia Pacific travel industry. My aim is to continue to support PATA and its members so that we can understand and traverse the ever evolving travel space. As Vice Chairperson I will be supporting the Executive Board to ensure that PATA continues to lead the way.” 


Setyono Djuandi Darmono, Chairman, President University, Indonesia and W. Scott Supernaw, Managing Director – International, Tauck, Inc., USA have been appointed to the Executive Board as non-voting members.


Danny Ho, Executive Chef - Pastry, Hotel ICON, Hong Kong SAR and the 2016 PATA Face of the Future, joins the PATA Executive Board as a non-voting member and observer for a one-year term at the invitation of the PATA Chairman.


On the election of the new Executive Board, Mario Hardy, CEO, PATA, said, “PATA is committed to ensuring diversity, equality and empowerment in the workplace and I commend our members in electing a diverse Executive Board in representing them. It is important that we lead by example as we want to show our partners and industry colleagues what leadership is truly about and encourage them to follow suit. I congratulate our new Executive Board members on their appointments and I look forward to working with them in creating a better organisation for our members that can make an even greater impact on the travel and tourism industry.”



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